Who Run The World?

By: Ashley Wilson

Women, obviously.  I just finished reading and admiring the artwork in Amy Ratcliffe’s book, Women of the Galaxy.  I was very excited to buy this book because as many of you know, I am still learning about all of the different characters in Star Wars.  I was especially curious to learn about the common female characters along with the lesser known.

The words on the inside cover stood out to me, and I am not saying that because it was written in red.  “They are heroes and villains, Sith and Jedi, senators and scoundrels, mothers, mercenaries, artists, pilots…The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level.”  

Like everyone in real life, we all have a back story that has led us to where we are now.  These characters have backstories that make them all unique and that have brought them either to the dark side or the light side.  They are characters who people can relate to and they are crucial elements to Star Wars.

The description and commentary of each character made me understand who she was and what she brought to the Star Wars galaxy.  I learned where she was from, what her role was, her personality, and from what part of the franchise she came.  (Movies, books, video games, etc.)  Each character highlighted has a quote she has said and it is written in English and in Galaxy Basic.  

The artwork is absolutely beautiful.  There are many pieces that I would love to have framed.  I applaud all of the artists who contributed to this book.  The artists are acknowledged in the back of the book with a brief description about themselves.

When I began flipping through the book, I was curious to see if there would be more women of color.  As I said back in Episode 142: Galactic Voices, Part 1 – Representation In Star Wars, the only black female character I could relate to was Cienna Ree.  As I flipped through the pages, I kept exclaiming, “Look Mom! She looks like me!  Oh look, she looks like me, too!”  There are a handful of black female characters not only in the books, but also in the movies.  I did not realize the backstory or the significance of these specific female characters until reading this book.  

Now when I go back to watch the movies, these characters will stand out even more to me because I understand their purpose.  Thank you, Amy Ratcliffe, for writing a book that has opened my eyes to the incredible women of the Star Wars galaxy.

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